Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Labour body sets up hotline to out corporate minimum-wage 'bullies'

Labour body sets up hotline to out corporate minimum-wage 'bullies'

Shortly after New Year's, when the province's new $14 minimum hourly wage kicked in, it emerged that Cobourg Tim Horton's franchisees Ron Joyce Jr. and Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce - the married son and daughter of chain founders Ron Joyce Sr. and #7 on defence himself - had cancelled a bunch of perks.

Maybe we need to pay a little more attention to which businesses treat their employees fairly and which ones don't.

Assuming Tim Horton was of the same character as his teammate Johnny Bower, I'm sure he'd be rolling in his grave right now. "It is the act of a bully".

He says the cuts to employee benefits and hours is simply outrageous coming from a wildly profitable multinational corporation.

Great White North would not say if the Joyces are members of the association.

In the long run, I'm not almost so sure it's a guaranteed political victor.

"While our Restaurant Owners, like all small business owners, have found this sudden transition challenging, we are committed to helping them work through these changes", the statement read. In the end, with the help of the business-hating media, Wynne has emerged the victor in the battle over whether the increase in the minimum wage is good or bad.

Labour Minister Kevin Flynn noted, however, that the vast majority of businesses are complying with the new minimum wage. "Unfortunately", he told reporters, "it appears some employers are abandoning the spirit of this legislation". But the reality is many business owners are not the ultra-rich that many on the left think they are. A Tim Horton's location is widely seen as a licence to print money.

The coffee chain has released a statement condemning the choice of the franchise owners, saying employees shouldn't be treated as an expense or to "further an agenda". One would wonder why they would be complaining about the hiked minimum wage. There will be another $1-an-hour raise in 2019. The last time it went up even 10 per cent overnight was in 1991.

"You are a worker, you work for a company, you deserve the wages, you deserve the benefits, you shouldn't be reclassified as an independent as a way to avoid the benefits and avoid the other kinds of opportunities that come like vacation pay and those kind of things".

A business whose model for success is based on keeping their employees living in poverty is loathsome.

One of their original employees, Michael Laskaris, chimed in online. In 2015 the average benefit plan for a full-time employee cost about $8,000, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

So the good news last week for enemies of the widespread move by provinces toward a $15 minimum wage in Canada was that mainstream media took the lobby's bait on a recent Bank of Canada research note on the impact of higher minimum wages hook, line and sinker. She's an attack ad waiting to happen. "Every time you get a minimum-wage job, you just want to get out of it". Wynne had four years to move boldly but more gradually to $15, and declined.

"A 9 hour shift will be paid for 8 hours and 20 minutes", the employees were churlishly advised in the letter.

Everyone knows what this was: a classic pre-election Liberal dive to the left, knowing that raising the minimum wage is hard to oppose. And with several provinces moving toward a $15 minimum wage at once, that means they are likely experiencing a shortage of qualified and ideologically certified propagandists to carry on the battle.

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